By: Brittany Bloodworth
Jeremy Schell - Three Time ITP Quadcross Pro Champion
This past weekend I had the pleasure to sit down
with the three time ITP Quad Cross Champion Jeremy
Schell after he wrapped up his 2005 ITP QuadCross
Championship with his third place finish in the
final round at Glen Helen.
we get into the interview, here is a little background
history on Jeremy Schell. He was born and raised in
the small town of Hornersville, Missouri, but after
deciding to make a career in ATV racing, he made the
move across the country to California, so he could
practice and race year round because conditions weren’t
favorable for practicing in the winter back east.
Jeremy now lives in Murrieta CA, with his wife,Jayme,
and three children and at the age of 31, he has an
impressive resume spanning over ten years, and he
doesn’t seem to be slowing down any with age.
Jeremy is currently racing for Golden West Yamaha
aboard a YFZ 450 with the Number 14 plate. Some Jeremy’s
career highlights include 03-05 ITP Quad Cross Champion,
96-97 4-Stroke National Champion, and 2002 4-Stroke
World Champion. But enough of the small stuff, and
on with the interview.
Schell with his boys
Mason & Maverick
First things first, the number 14 plate, How did you
come up with that number?
Jeremy Schell: I was number four and every
time I went to sign up for a race there was always
a number four, so I just slapped a one in front of
it and its been that way ever since.
did you feel coming into the last of the ITP Quad
Cross knowing that it was anyone’s game at this
point? And that if you won, you would be the ITP QuadCross
champion for the third years in a row.
it’s a long series, January to December, and
a lot of pressure to go with it. This has been the
most pressure that I have had in three years. This
year Dana Creech was out here along with Dustin Nelson
and this was a more prestigious win then the past
years. It has been a lot of pressure, I shouldn’t
have taken it that way, but if your on top everyone
is always trying to kick you off. I just stayed on
top of my game, both Dana and I had some bad luck,
but I guess I just came out with the better luck.
year you where battling with Darrell Patton and this
year it was Dana Creech and Dustin Nelson up there
with you. Who do you think it will be up there with
you next year?
Creech & Dustin Nelson gave him a run for
if Dana comes back next year it’s going to be
him and Dustin. Right now I don’t know if anyone
else will step up their game, its hard for anyone
else to step it up, because us three ( Dustin, Jeremy,
and Dana) can pretty much ride when ever we want.
That’s why I had to step it up this year. This
is the first year that I have been able to race full
time, and its been a hard time for me because it wasn’t
really a year were I made a lot of money, its has
definitely been a financial sacrifice. But next year
will be better, and the year after that should be
even better. But I am not sure who is going to step
up their game, it could be anyone.
have had some injuries this year, a broken ankle at
the Pro Quad series and a broken wrist during an ITP
round, not very long after each other. How do you
think that affected your riding ability this year?
you know I broke my ankle in the end of January and
was out the whole month of February, came back in
March and took second, which I couldn’t believe.
I came back the next race and won that one, and then
the next round I broke my wrist. So it’s been
a bad year for me with injuries. Every time I just
came back harder and wanting to win more. I didn’t
have any big mechanical failures on my race quad,
I had a flat tire once, in fact that was the same
race that I broke my wrist. I think it just made me
practice harder and want it more.
did you feel through-out the whole year coming back
round after round, with the points going back and
points back and fourth, I mean Dana lead the first
round, I won the second round, and I think from the
third round on Dana lead for the points all the way
to Phoenix where he crashed, and I just knew that
I needed to be on top of my game, especially after
my injuries just trying to work back up. In all I
think it was a great year for us and definitely some
great racing that a lot of people missed out on.
do you think about how long the series is compared
to what you get at the end of the year?
is no comparison to the Nationals. The problem is
that this series isn’t as old as the GNC Nationals.
I mean all the magazines are out here, why aren’t
they out here covering the event. Basically we need
more press in order to get more sponsors.
talk about this series trying to become the “West
Coast National” what do you think about that?
Do you think it can live up to that name? And will
the fact that the series will be traveling to six
different tracks next year help?
Schell won the 2005 ITP Quadcross Championship
on his Golden West Yamaha YFZ450 with a Curtis
Well we all want it too, but its not going
to be until we start traveling to more places and
getting more recognition, and basically getting more
people to want to come to ITP Quad Cross, so It should
be good for all of us because the more tracks you
go to the faster you get. The more we spread the races
around the more riders we will be able to pull in
from other areas, which will help the series gain
year what are your racing plans?
I’m going to do Pro Quads Series, ITP QuadCross,
and the ATV Super Tour. So I’m going to be pretty
busy next year. I would have considered racing the
ATVA Motocross Nationals, but my sponsors want me
back out here again and several of Nationals conflict
with the ITP Quadcross Series.
do you plan on racing both the ITP Quadcross on the
West Coast and the ATV Super Tour, which is speculated
to be a South East Series?
I plan on having two race quads for the ITP
Quadcross Series and two other quads back East at
my parent's house in Missouri. I will fly back and
forth in between races, and with typically a month
gap between ITP Quadcross races, I may be able to
attend more than one race in the ATV Super Tour before
returning home to California.
ATV racing has finally replaced your fulltime
job and with the competition stepping it up, you must
spend plenty of time practicing, so what are your
plans for preparing for next year?
Schell with his wife, Jayme. They met at an
off-road race and have been married for over
I try to practice as often as I can during the week
at Elsinore MX Park along with Glen Helen an I-395,
and with a race held almost every weekend here in
California, I get in plenty of seat time over the
weekend at different tracks against different riders,
which has really helped me in the ITP Quadcross Series
you ever get a chance to practice with any other pro
No, I normally practice by myself or with some local
amateur riders. I am good friends with Kory Ellis,
but we never get to practice with each other and hardly
even see each other since he is always on the road,
but next year, I am looking forward to heading back
to Missouri and hopefully getting a chance to practice
with Joe Byrd since he lives less than an hour away
What ATV do you plan on racing next year?
I still haven't completely decided what I am going
to race next year, but as of now it is between my
Golden West Yamaha YFZ450 and the Honda TRX450R
Well I want to thank you for you
time, and I’m sure you have some people you
would like to think as well.
Yes, I just want to thank all of the people
who helped me get this number one plate this year:
Golden West Cycle, Epic, Precision Concepts, ITP,
ELKA, Tag, Hinson, Curtis Sparks, O’Neal, Hinson,
K&N, IMS, and One Industries.